As long predicted and widely reported, 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year ever:
Last year was the hottest ever record, according to a European climate agency and a US-based climate centre.
While not all of the world’s major climate organisations have yet officially announced 2016 was the warmest on the books, many scientists have already called the year a record-breaker.
On Monday, the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (Niwa) is also expected to confirm last year was New Zealand’s hottest.
Live at 11am you can catch the NIWA stream on the situation in NZ:
— NIWA Weather (@NiwaWeather) January 8, 2017